Mushrooms as Antioxidants and Immunity Boosters
Mushrooms have just as many antioxidants as any other fruits and veggies. Antioxidants protect cells from free-radicals, which promote cell regeneration, keeps your immune system healthy, and helps you live a longer, healthier life.
In one clinical study, participants who ate shiitake mushrooms daily for 4 weeks had a “significant increase in immunity parameters,” reporting higher levels of intestinal, sinus, and respiratory immune cells. The researchers note that not only do shiitake mushrooms increase your immune cell activity, but they also reduce the inflammation that normally coincides with an immune response:
“Regular L. edodes [shiitake mushroom] consumption resulted in improved immunity, as seen by improved cell proliferation and activation and increased sIgA [antibody] production. The changes observed in cytokine and serum CRP levels suggest that these improvements occurred under conditions that were less inflammatory than those that existed before consumption.”
Though more research is needed, there is powerful evidence that suggests mushrooms can be a natural and effective way to boost immune function and increase your overall health when used regularly.